I am sincerely grateful for the hours and hours of work that were put in to landscaping and planting in the past. With spring in full force, we've just started to see the lush green of everything. When you move in in December, it is a little brown and unexciting, but now I feel like I'm getting a show! In rose bushes alone, I feel like I've hit the jackpot!
Trouble is - and you knew it was coming - maintaining someone else's large amount of work is still a lot of work! And I get overwhelmed so easy. Too many people, I get overwhelmed. Too much to do, I get overwhelmed. Something not what I excepted, I get overwhelmed! So, with all of the spring blooming and the vegetable garden we're trying to install, we spent the weekend working in the yard. It turned out to be a good experience for everyone. Mr. Butler worked really hard setting posts for a fence to go around the vegetable garden and J was a big help. Miss Z mostly just looked for ladybugs which was it's own educational experience. A few barely escaped drowning because they apparently needed a bath. I pruned rose bushes, planted some veggies, and assisted when necessary in the midst of getting dinners ready.
It reminded me of my Granny Elmore who cooked so much more than I do and daily chores were more involved to boot. It was exhausting - so much so that I finally took a bath in our new tub - but a very satisfying day. It is easy for me to look for a quick and easy solution, but if that's where I live, then I miss out on some really great things in life. And so would my family. Like I mentioned, I get easily overwhelmed, but I also got a double portion of conviction or principle or something. I think Miss Z did too, but she's still in the relentless stage without educated principles. What I'm seeing in myself is that the really important things are big undertakings. I'm really passionate about things like eating well, spending time outside, and using the most simple things God has provided for us to be fruitful for our own needs and His good will. Growing food yourself, cooking meals yourself, even reading for yourself all takes extra time, extra energy and sometimes extra money, which can be overwhelming. We know this, but all too often we believe the message that says because it requires anything extra, it isn't worth it. And in my experience, that is generally NOT true. We all have different stages of life, circumstances and priorities so my particular worthwhile activities may not resonate with you, but if you are honest with yourself, you'll see some of what I'm talking about.
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